"Stina Quagebeur managed in many instances, to express abstract ideas through dance with
the sort of clarity that indicates serious talent." - DANCING TIMES
About Stina Quagebeur
Born in Belgium in 1985 Stina started dancing and was choreographing by the time she was 7. Although classical ballet is what she wanted to do she was often taken to see works by Mats Ek and Bèjart in Brussels. Those performances had a huge impact on her and gave her the inspiration to start choreographing. At the age of 11 she came to England to study at the Royal Ballet School where she won several prizes with her pieces at the annual Choreographic competition. She continued her training at the English National Ballet School and then subsequently joined the company by the time she was 18.
Stina created ‘A room in New York’ for English National Ballet’s choreographic event at Sadler’s Wells in June 2015. Based on the realist painter Edward Hopper with music by Alexander Scriabin. The work was performed again at the launch of the new development at City Island the new home to be for English National Ballet.
The previous year Stina created ‘Vera’ for ENB’s Choreograpghics event at the Barbican Pit Theatre. Based on Vera Brittain and the First World War it was a success amongst critics and was selected to be performed in New York at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater for the Breaking Glass Project. She was awarded with a year-long artistic mentor ship. 'Vera' was performed throughout that year for private events by the company.
In April 2015 she choreographed for Dance Journeys creating 'Perfect Disorder'. The piece was created on 34 dancers from ENB youth company and selected students from secondary schools. It was performed as a curtain raiser before ENB's Modern Masters Triple Bill at Sadler's Wells. She will be creating another curtain raiser for the She Said triple bill in April.
Currently she performs in all the major productions with the company and takes every opportunity to develop her choreography further.
Directing experience and early works
Stina directed and produced her first 2 performances when she was just 17 back in Belgium. For many in the audience it was their first exposure to ballet and she wanted to explain to them what dancing was all about. ‘Livedance’ was a performance which started with a choreographed ballet class and moved on to classical repertoire through to new modern works she created. A short documentary was made and broadcast on the National Belgian Television.
During her first year in the company she choreographed ‘First Impressions’ for the company’s choreographic workshop. Successfully received, it became a popular number and was danced for various galas and events organised by the company. She took every opportunity to create new works and made several new pieces for another 2 Livedance production both in Belgium and Guernsey. As the productions grew she managed to obtain sponsorship and set up educational workshops around the show with fellow choreographer Jenna Lee.
Directing dance for film
She directed her first short film 'Design Perspectives' for the Diaghilev exhibition in collaboration with London college of Fashion. While in 2012 English National Ballet school commissioned her to create a new piece for their end of year performance.